News Releases

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West Alabama Regional Commission Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a regularly scheduled meeting of the West Alabama Regional Commission Board of Directors on June 27, 2019 at 11:45 a.m. in the Conference Room of the West Alabama Regional Commission, Building One, 4200 Highway 69 North, Northport, Alabama. Presiding will be Tuscaloosa County Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Directors of the West Alabama Regional Commission, the Honorable Jerry Tingle.

The meeting is open to the public. If you plan to attend, please call in advance. Anyone requiring special assistance should contact the West Alabama Regional Commission office at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Should you have any questions, need additional information or special assistance, please call (205) 333-2990.

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ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DRAFT - STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (STIP)

The Alabama Department of Transportation and the West Alabama Rural Planning Organization (RPO) will hold eight public meetings to gather input regarding the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The meetings are scheduled for:

  1. Bibb County - May 13, 2019, 6:00 p.m. - Brent City Hall, 22 1st Street, Brent, AL

  2. Hale County - May 14, 2019, 5:00 p.m. - Moundville Library, 279 Market Street, Moundville, AL

  3. Pickens County - May 15, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - Pickens County Commission, 20 Phoenix Ave, Carrollton, AL

  4. Greene County - May 15, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - James C. Poole Library, 219 Prairie Avenue, Eutaw, AL

  5. Lamar County - May 16, 2019, 6:00 p.m. - Lamar County Commission Chamber, 44690 Highway 17, Vernon, AL

  6. Fayette County - May 28, 2019, 5:00 p.m. - Fayette County Commission Chamber, 103 1st Avenue NW, Fayette, AL

  7. Tuscaloosa County - Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. - West Alabama Regional Commission, 4200 Highway 69 North, Northport, Alabama

  8. Tuscaloosa County - Friday, May 31, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. - West Alabama Regional Commission, 4200 Highway 69 North, Northport, Alabama

ALDOT is seeking public comment on the proposed STIP, which includes a listing of specific transportation projects that will be funded during the next four years.

Each meeting will include displays, handouts, and a short presentation explaining the STIP. ALDOT or West Alabama RPO staff will be available to discuss planning efforts and answer questions.

Persons with disabilities should contact the West Alabama Regional Commission (205-333-2990, extension 213) at least one week before the meeting and specify the type of assistance needed.

On May 1, 2019, the draft STIP will be available for review at the ALDOT West Central Office (204 Marina Drive, Tuscaloosa), ALDOT Fayette Area Office (530 North Temple Avenue, Fayette), ALDOT Tuscaloosa Area Office (2715 Skyland Boulevard East, Tuscaloosa), and West Alabama Regional Commission (4200 Highway 69 North, Northport). The draft STIP will also be available on the ALDOT website (https://www.dot.state.al.us/) under the DRAFT 2020-20203 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program link.

ALDOT will accept comments until June 21, 2019. Comments should be sent to:

Mr. John R. Cooper
Transportation Director
Alabama Department of Transportation
1409 Coliseum Boulevard
Montgomery, AL 36110

Or

Submit comments by emailing carrollj@dot.state.al.us.

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Tuscaloosa Area metropolitan planning (MPO)
2045 Long-Range transportation plan (LRTP)
public review and meeting

The Tuscaloosa Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public meeting for the Draft Tuscaloosa Area 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be at the Tuscaloosa Intermodal Center, 601 23rd Avenue, Tuscaloosa. The meeting will include a formal review of the plan by the MPO staff and a question and answer session. Meeting attendees will also be allowed to complete comment forms or provide tape-recorded comments.

The draft plan outlines how federal highway and transit funds will be spent in Tuscaloosa County over the next 25 years. The document provides a review of the current transportation system, covering all modes of transportation, and includes improvement strategies, project lists, and maps.

The plan will be available for review at the West Alabama Regional Commission (WARC) and the Tuscaloosa Intermodal Center from April 30, 2019 through June 14, 2019. The plan is also on the WARC website (https://www.warc.info/mpo-documents). The MPO will accept comments regarding the plan until June 14, 2019. Comments can be submitted by mail (LRTP, West Alabama Regional Commission, P.O. Box 509, Northport, AL 35476-0509), e-mail (david.norris@westal.org), or FAX (205-333-2713).

The MPO is scheduled to adopt the draft plan during the summer of 2019. Before adopting the plan, the MPO will review all comments and, if warranted, make changes to the plan. If major revisions are required, the public will be given another opportunity to inspect the plan.

Anyone requiring special assistance to attend the review or the meeting should contact the WARC no later than 48 hours prior to the event. For special assistance call the WARC at 333-2990, ext. 213.

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Tuscaloosa Area metropolitan planning (MPO)
June 2019 meetings

The Tuscaloosa Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold the following meetings:

  1. Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee (BPC), Monday, June 17, 2019, 10:00 a.m.

  2. Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC), Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

  3. Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC), Thursday, June 20, 2019, 10:00 a.m.

  4. Metropolitan Planning Organization (Policy Committee), Monday, June 24, 2019, 2:00 p.m.

The meetings will be held at the West Alabama Regional Commission (WARC), 4200 Highway 69 North, Northport. The public is encouraged to attend and participate. Anyone requiring special assistance should contact the WARC at least 48 hours prior to the meeting (205-333-2990 or david.norris@westal.org).

Items that will be discussed at the meetings include: (1) proposed amendments for the Fiscal Years 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP); (2) the 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) draft document; (3) the 2020 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) draft document; and (4) the Fiscal Years 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) draft document. The initial meeting packets are available at https://www.warc.info/mpo-meetings/. The draft 2045 LRTP, UPWP, and TIP are available at https://www.warc.info/mpo-documents/.

  • Proposed TIP Amendment
    (Addition) 100070133 SR-69 at Union Chapel Road (CR-62) - Realignment of intersection; CN; 7/26/2019; $1,980,000

The public can comment on the proposed TIP amendment at any of the MPO committee meetings, by mail (at the address in the header), e-mail (david.norris@westal.org), telephone (205-333-2990, x 213), or fax (205-333-2713). Public comments regarding the proposed amendment will be accepted until June 14, 2019, unless submitted at one of the June MPO committee meetings.

The MPO Policy Committee plans how federal highway and transit funds are spent in Tuscaloosa County. The MPO Policy Committee is served by three advisory committees: the BPC, CTAC, and the TCC. The BPC was formed to assist the MPO with bicycle and pedestrian issues. The CTAC provides active and on-going public participation. The TCC, composed of engineers and planners, provides technical guidance to the Policy Committee.

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West alabama coordinated public transit plan 2019
July 2019 public meetings

The Tuscaloosa Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the West Alabama Rural Planning Organization (RPO) will hold the following public meetings for the Draft West Alabama Coordinated Public Transit Plan 2019:

  1. Bibb County - July 22, 2019, 6:00 p.m. - Brent City Hall, 22 1st Street, Brent, AL

  2. Fayette County - July 23, 2019, 5:00 p.m. - Fayette County Commission Chamber, 103 1st Avenue NW, Fayette, AL

  3. Greene County - July 25, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - James C. Poole Library, 219 Prairie Avenue, Eutaw, AL

  4. Hale County - July 16, 2019, 5:00 p.m. - Moundville Library, 279 Market Street, Moundville, AL

  5. Lamar County - July 18, 2019, 6:00 p.m. - Lamar County Commission Chamber, 44690 Highway 17, Vernon, AL

  6. Pickens County - July 25, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - Pickens County Commission Chamber, 20 Phoenix Avenue, Carrollton, AL

  7. Tuscaloosa County - July 10, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - Tuscaloosa Intermodal Center, 601 23rd Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL

The public meetings will include a formal review of the plan by the MPO and RPO staff as well as a question and answer session. Copies of the plan will be available at the meeting. Meeting attendees will also be given an opportunity to complete comment forms or to provide recorded comments.

The plan will be available at the West Alabama Regional Commission (WARC), 4200 Highway 69 North, Northport, for public review from June 3 through August 1, 2019. The plan is also available on the internet at (https://www.warc.info/mpo-documents) and by mail (205-333-2990, extension 213). All comments must be received before August 1, 2019.

The plan provides a review of the current transit systems and includes improvement strategies, project lists, and maps. To be eligible to receive certain Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants, transit agencies must participate in the plan development. The affected grants include Section 5310 - Elderly and Disabled Program, Section 5316 - Job Access and Reverse Commute Program, and Section 5317 - New Freedom Program.

The MPO is scheduled to adopt the draft plan at their August 26, 2019 meeting and the RPO is scheduled to adopt it at their August 9, 2019 meeting. Before adopting the plan, the MPO and RPO will review all comments from the public and make changes to the plan if warranted. If major revisions are required, the public will be given another opportunity to inspect the plan.

The meetings are open to the public. Anyone requiring special assistance should contact the WARC at least 48 hours prior to the day of the meeting. For special assistance call the WARC at 333-2990.